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Old 12-26-2010, 12:00 PM   #1
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Hello HAMB'ers, I'm a newby to hot rods, been building Harleys for the last 40 yrs. My qustion is I just bought this '36 Chev three window coupe and I am wondering just how rare is the three window. I can't find any others on this site. Any info about the three window would be welcome.
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Old 12-26-2010, 12:17 PM   #2
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http://www.carnut.com/photo/list/chev/chev36.html
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Old 12-26-2010, 01:13 PM   #3
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Default Re: 1936 Chevrolet 3 window coupe

According to the book, "Sixty Years of Chevrolet", there were 10,985 3-window coupes built Vs 49,319 Master Deluxe coupes and 59,356 Standard coupes
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Old 12-26-2010, 01:25 PM   #4
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Nice ride !!!! Tom (Tired Old Man)
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Old 02-13-2011, 12:14 AM   #5
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Default Re: 1936 Chevrolet 3 window coupe

Thanks for putting the pic of your '36 up. Yep, she's a rare car all right. I have been searching for pics of '36 3 windows and they are very hard to track down.
The reason for my interest is that my pal Bill up in Alberta (on dial up, need I say more) has just acquired a Canadian made '36 3 window, of which there were only 219 made in Oshawa of the "special" type.
People weren't inclined to save the old Chevy's, if it wasn't a Ford they weren't interested. That, it seems, just adds to the rarity of these cars.
I should add his is the rumble seat model as well.

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Old 02-13-2011, 02:22 AM   #6
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Thanks for putting the pic of your '36 up. Yep, she's a rare car all right. I have been searching for pics of '36 3 windows and they are very hard to track down.
The reason for my interest is that my pal Bill up in Alberta (on dial up, need I say more) has just acquired a Canadian made '36 3 window, of which there were only 219 made in Oshawa of the "special" type.
People weren't inclined to save the old Chevy's, if it wasn't a Ford they weren't interested. That, it seems, just adds to the rarity of these cars.
I should add his is the rumble seat model as well.
It wasn't that they weren't interested, it was that the Chevys fell apart because of the wood that was used.
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Old 02-13-2011, 02:36 AM   #7
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It wasn't that they weren't interested, it was that the Chevys fell apart because of the wood that was used.
Was there something inferior with the wood that Chevy used,?
(umm oops, i guess that sounds a little weird huh?)
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Old 02-13-2011, 02:58 AM   #8
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No , Ford had way less wood than other manufacturers. As an owner of a 1929 Willys Overland Whippet and knowing about Durants, Chevys , etc of the era, they would fall apart compared to the Model A's of that vintage. I believe 1938 is when Chevys stopped using wood catching up to Ford for mostly all metal.

It could have even been 1937.
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That car came out of Shelton. Also they stopped the 3 windows in 37
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:16 AM   #10
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Welcome aboard scooter tramp! Nice coupe. A fella named Goodtime Buddy has begun to put together his '36 Chevy Sedan this year. He too has been HD for his entire life. Small world. What is your HD? A Pan (!) head maybe?
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:31 AM   #11
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No , Ford had way less wood than other manufacturers. As an owner of a 1929 Willys Overland Whippet and knowing about Durants, Chevys , etc of the era, they would fall apart compared to the Model A's of that vintage. I believe 1938 is when Chevys stopped using wood catching up to Ford for mostly all metal.

It could have even been 1937.
Thanks Mr Whippet, I learned something new today...
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I think the patten for an all steel body car ran out in 36 so that is when everyone got on board. But I did a bunch of reefer along the line so ya may wanna look into that(not the weed)
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"No , Ford had way less wood than other manufacturers. As an owner of a 1929 Willys Overland Whippet and knowing about Durants, Chevys , etc of the era, they would fall apart compared to the Model A's of that vintage. I believe 1938 is when Chevys stopped using wood catching up to Ford for mostly all metal.

It could have even been 1937. "


1937 Chevys were the first Chevys to have NO wood in them.
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:16 PM   #14
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37 chev was the first year for all steel construction
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:27 PM   #15
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I had a 36 two door sedan that was all metal, perhaps late in the year Chevy dropped the wood inside. Some 36's will be metal.
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:51 PM   #16
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chevy went to all steel in the cars in 37, in trucks mid 36.
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Old 02-13-2011, 03:54 PM   #17
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Yep, Thats a rare one you have there. You don't see too many coupes that are '36.Alot of '37-39, but never any Clean '35-'36 most likely because of the wood factor.We had a '36 5 window. Got a wild hair and sold it. Stupid mistake ,I miss that car. and the Butt---- that bought it from me did'nt even wash it. Put it on ebay and made $5k in one month. made me sick........
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Old 02-13-2011, 04:30 PM   #18
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.......Sure don't see a lot of 36's......maybe because of the wood.......makes a nice hotrod......I think you got a rare one....looks great....
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:01 PM   #19
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The wood factor was the biggest issue, especially the older cars from the 20s when the roads were rutty and the bodies just fell apart. When I bought my Whippet, every panel was held on by bailing wire as all the wood was old and or rotted.
I could just imagine in the old days with the rain in the winter and the heat in the summer, these cars would literally fall apart.
Thats why in 1929 there were over 300,000 Willys Whippets made but how many are left?
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Old 02-13-2011, 05:27 PM   #20
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My 3 window is a '35 Pontiac with suicide doors.
The '36 models had normal doors.
Wood in mine is in good condition.

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